Today I'm sharing my love for The Dollar Tree!
I have found so many things at the Dollar Tree that I can use in my crafting. And for $1 it is usually a savings over the craft stores or even Wal-Mart. I did some shopping there this week for the first day of school teacher gifts I'm sending with the boys. I bought some little note pads, pens and sticky notes. With these few items, I'll fill up a desk set and it will be adorable, useful and cheap! And each purchase will make more than one gift.
In the front is a pad of sticky notes. I get one package of 5 and split them out. The pens came 3 to a package. Next are the cards that I made. Behind the cards and their envelopes are two little lined note pads. There are 5 pads in one package. The last item is a really nice set of sticky notes that have standard size notes and little "flag" type notes. I left them intact since they were just a $1! To keep from using two pieces of the decorative card stock on the desk set, I cut the bottom piece from the same card stock as the green piece on top. I was able to use the entire 12x12 sheet. So, for these two sets, instead of using 5-6 sheets of card stock, I only used 3 sheets. The apple is one, the one with the writing is two and the green for the border piece and bottom was three! Even on the cards, I changed the size a little so I could cut two card bases from one piece of 8 1/2 x 11 card stock, instead of a 12x12. I also save by using the thinner paper from the large paper pads for decorative panels.
This is just one example of ways you can save on supplies and add-ons to keep gift items within budget. I'll share more money saving tips in the future and would love to hear how you save too!
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